This book traces the history of attitudes toward power and the use of armed force within the Zionist movement—from an early period in which most leaders espoused an ideal of peaceful settlement in Palestine, to the acceptance of force as a legitimate tool for achieving a sovereign Jewish state.
“This is one of the most important works on French Jewish intellectual and cultural history to have appeared in recent years. In a deft revision of the accepted picture of French Jewry, Graetz interweaves intellectual and cultural trends and a close study of political developments to present a composite picture of a group in the process of fundamental transformation.”—Aron Rodrigue, Stanford University
This work seeks to understand how, in nineteenth-century Germany, Jews and non-Jews shaped and experienced Jewish emancipation, a process whereby Jews were freed from ancient discriminatory laws and, over the course of decades, became citizens. Unlike most other works on German Jewish emancipation, this book examines how so fundamental and dramatic a transformation in the relation of Jews and non-Jews was experienced by the people who lived it, how economic, social, political, and ideological forces interacted to bring about change, and how accommodation actually occurred.
Winner of the 1997 Fraenkel Prize, sponsored by the Wiener Library.
This book, which draws on a rich array of primary sources and archival materials, offers the first major appraisal of French responses to the Jewish refugee crisis after the Nazi seizure of power in 1933. It explores French policies and attitudes toward Jewish refugees from three interrelated vantage points: government policy, public opinion, and the role of the French Jewish community.
Finalist for the 2000-2001 Annual Koret Jewish Book Award, History Category, sponsored by The Koret Foundation and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.
Winner of the 2001 Salo Wittmayer Baron Book Prize, sponsored by the American Academy for Jewish Research.
Harnessing the Holocaust presents the compelling story of how the Nazi genocide of the Jews became an almost daily source of controversy in French politics. Joan Wolf argues that from the Six-Day War through the trial of Maurice Papon in 1997-98, the Holocaust developed from a Jewish trauma into a metaphor for oppression and a symbol of victimization on a wide scale.
Winner of the 2006 Herbert Baxter Adams Prize, sponsored by the American Historical Association.
Winner of the 2006 Helen and Howard R. Marraro Prize, sponsored by the Society for Italian Historical Studies.